John Danks' surgery on his left shoulder Monday morning at RUSH University Medical Center revealed a "normal" labrum, and he's expected to be ready for spring training 2013, the White Sox announced this afternoon.
Doctors arthroscopically repaired a capsular tear and minor debridements in Danks' shoulder. The lefty, in the first year of a five-year, 65 million contract extension, hasn't pitched in the majors since May 19 and will miss the rest of the 2012 season.
There had been speculation that Danks' labrum was to blame for his continued shoulder issues this season, but the surgery appeared to reveal that's not the case. Regardless, nobody knew exactly what was wrong with his shoulder until this morning.
"I think the best part of this is really to get down to the bottom of it and hopefully see something they can take care of and get him healthy," manager Robin Ventura said on Saturday. "Its disappointing for him, first, and us that hes not able to pitch because it would be nice to have John Danks in the rotation. The first thing is to get him healthy and find out what it is."
As the White Sox have added young Cuban stars in the making in Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu's long-term role on the team has shifted.
The 31-year-old first baseman has been looked at as something of a mentor for the two young Cubans. He seems to be delivering on that so far.
Abreu picked up Moncada from the airport when he first was called up to the White Sox last July. Now he's helping Robert in the batting cage.
The Cuban trio is expected to play a big part of the White Sox future in the coming years.
Robert has already stated his goal of making it to the majors this year to join Abreu and Moncada, but that may be an overly ambitious goal. Either way, plenty of eyes will be on him throughout 2018 as he marches towards the White Sox roster and his Cuban teammates.
On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."
Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama.
He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.
Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here: